Last Saturday I joined a Couchsurfing event to make sand art by Santa Monica Pier. The beauty of Couchsurfing is that you can join an event, meet locals and travelers from all over the world, spend a great time together and end up with a bunch of new friends.
Because of the holiday season, the organizer Kate chose a snowflake design. It took us about 3 hours to finish. We first used ropes and dental floss to measure and draw the outlines. We then used umbrellas and our hands to finish off the pattern. After the outline was finished, I volunteered to go to the edge of the cliff by Pacific Coast Highway to take pictures for a time lapse video.
I used my Nikon D5100 camera. Cody, one of the guys there, had a Nikon 55-300mm lens which I borrowed. Kate supplied the tripod. I set my camera to Manual mode, Manual Focus, turned Vibration Reduction off. The first half of the video uses pictures taken at 15-second intervals. The second half (where everybody is jumping) was taken at 4 frames per second while I kept the shutter button pressed. It was my first attempt at making a time lapse video, and I think it came out OK.